AFTER six years of effort, Australia’s table grape industry yesterday celebrated the arrival of its first direct shipment of 1800 boxes of grapes in mainland China.
Australian Table Grape Association chairman Nick Muraca and CEO Jeff Scott were present at the Shenzhen dockyard in Guandong Province when Chinese quarantine officers opened a container-load of crimson seedless grapes from Bruno Moras’ Nangiloc-Colignan Farms was opened for inspection around 8am, Eastern Australian Time, yesterday morning.
Mr Muraca and Mr Scott said they were “elated” by the arrival of the first trial shipment of Australian table grapes, under new export protocols negotiated by Biosecurity Australia and China’s national quarantine agency AQSIQ last year.
Sunraysia growers have been exporting table grapes to Hong Kong for some time, and some grapes find their way into the mainland market from there.
But for years, direct exports to ports on the Chinese mainland have been an elusive dream.
The dream finally came to fruition – so to speak – yesterday morning, when representatives of the importing company, Golden Wing Mau formally took delivery of the consignment from shipping line APL.